About Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998. It is the largest Disney theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres.
The park is made up of seven themed lands.
Once you enter the park, you must walk through this area as it is the "gateway" to other lands in the park. There is a Rainforest Cafe is situated at the entrance of the Oasis.
Discovery Island is the main land in the park and is home for the The Tree of Life. It is the centre island of the park and has paths leading off to the six other lands.
It's Tough to be a Bug - Built at the base of The Tree of Life, you can see what life is like as a bug as Flik from "A Bug's Life" shows a 3-D Film about bugs. It is similar to "Honey I shrunk the Audience" in Epcot.
Camp Minnie Mickey
This land has two shows and four character greeting spots where Guests can meet all the Disney Characters and others on a regular basis. Great for photo opportunities and autographs.
The Shows are: Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends - A children's show with live animals based on the film Pocahontas.
Festival of the Lion King - A fast paced musical with songs and characters from the popular film.
The Attractions are: Kilimanjaro Safaris - Where you climb aboard your open sided safari vehicle for an exciting journey. Animals from Africa freely roam through acres of savanna, rivers and undulating hills. Watch out for giraffes, rhinos, elephants, lions, hippos and you may even see the odd poacher too! It is quite a bumpy ride as you ride the trail and it it is an art itself to hold your camera steady whilst on the move. The driver does stop frequently to allow photo opportunities.
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - Here you trek into the lush forest in search of gorillas! Enjoy a walk at one with with nature thrugh an African valley filled with birds, Nile hippos and fish. there is also an an underwater hippo viewing area, a savanna overlook, where you can watch the Meercats in their own environment and have a close encounter with gorillas.
Rafiki's Planet Watch
This used to be known as Conservation Station and you can still only get there by train, it contains a petting zoo with domesticated goats and other small animals and demonstrates conservation efforts. The veterinary hospital's viewing window allows guests to watch medical treatments conducted by the vets.
Wildlife Express Train - Here you can ride on this authentic African train that trundles through the savanna for a behind the scenes journey through several animal housing areas of Animal Kingdom. It takes around 5 minutes five and your guided train ride takes you to the park's conservation centre. Nice to have a relaxing train ride to take a break from walking.
Some of the Attractions are: Flights of Wonder - Enter the Caravan Stage and join a trainee bird handler and a unpredictable tour guide who end up teaching each other about the frail state of nature. There are many types of birds to see close up such as vultures, hawks, macaws, and the American Bald Eagle.
Kali River Rapids - Race down the bubbling, turbulent waters of the Chakranadi River aboard your own 12-passenger raft traveling through an enchanting Asian rain forest. Watch out for the gushing geysers! Get ready to get wet, very wet!!
Expedition Everest - In this latest addition to Animal Kingdom you board a runaway-train roller coaster, it is a fact that Himalayan trekkers use refurbished steam trains to get to the base camp of Mount Everest, here though, we use a shortcut that passes through the "forbidden mountain" patrolled by the legendary Yeti. Excellent adventure ride Tip: This is one ride that you would be best getting a Fast Pass for.
The Boneyard - Explore your way through a play maze filled with fun fossils.
DINOSAUR (formerly Countdown to Extinction) - Whizz back to primeval times for a wild and riotous dangerous mission. The countdown clock is ticking on your Time Rover and you have just minutes to rescue a stray dinosaur.
Finding Nemo - The Musical - this original stage show developed by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment tells the story of Finding Nemo.
Dino-Sue - Dino-Sue is Disney's oldest "cast member", clocking in at 67 million years. Dino-Sue is a model of the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found and is available to pose for pictures with you.
DinoLand also contains Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, an area made to resemble a old 1950s fairground built on an old car park.
Primeval Whirl - Like a spinning coaster.
Triceratop Spin - Take the family for a spin aboard this family friendly flying dinosaur.
Fossil Fun Games - these dinosaur-themed games provide a good time for all.